Video: Joey Terdoslavich turns an unassisted double play at third base… from first base

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Joey Terdoslavich had just moved from right field to first base in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Braves’ Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals quickly put two runners on base with back-to-back singles from Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta, putting runners on first and third. Dean Anna came in to pinch-run for Peralta while Kolten Wong came to the plate.

Wong, even in the count 2-2, weakly hit a Sugar Ray Marimon breaking ball to Terdoslavich at first base. Molina had gone too far past the third base bag and Terdoslavich charged. He tagged Molina and adroitly noticed Anna trying to dive into the third base bag just ahead of him. Terdoslavich dove and tagged out Anna for an easy double-play at third base… from first base.

The Braves ended up losing 1-0 as they couldn’t get anything going against Adam Wainwright for four innings nor Carlos Martinez for three. Carlos Villanueva and Kevin Siegrist polished off the final two innings for the win.

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.